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HTC Touch 3G review: HTC Touch 3G

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The Good TouchFLO 2D is great. Good performance. Excellent battery life. Great online experience.

The Bad No substantial internal storage. No physical keypad. Charging port doubles as headphone socket.

The Bottom Line The Touch 3G is a solid performer that will make a great business handset for anyone who doesn't require mechanical input. We, however, would have liked to have seen this smartphone with a keyboard for more accurate messaging.

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It's been nearly 18 months since we reviewed the original HTC Touch and yet very little has changed in the overall aesthetic. The newer model is a little thicker and not quite as wide, and the Touch 3G is available in a range of subdued colours, but it's essentially identical otherwise.

The Touch 3G is a very tidy package. Below the 2.8-inch touchscreen display is a trio of razor thin mechanical keys: start and end call buttons and a five-way nav keypad. For those struggling with the touchscreen navigation, HTC have included a toothpick-sized stylus sheathed on the top right of the handset. On the back is a flashless 3.2-megapixel camera and a micro USB port is located on the bottom edge. The lower half of the handset is tapered ever-so slightly, helping the phone to nestle comfortably in your palm.

One of the major advancements over last year's Touch is the inclusion of HTC's latest TouchFLO 2D menu system. Those familiar with the HTC Touch Diamond and Touch Pro will have heard about TouchFLO 3D, and, as the difference in naming suggests, TouchFLO 2D is the same interface system without several of the '3D' animations and transitions.

HTC know better than to leave out any of the standard range of smartphone hardware, and the Touch 3G is no exception. It features HSDPA data speeds(7.2Mbps) with quad-band support for GSM networks and dual-band UMTS network compatibility (900/2100MHz) — however the Touch 3G isn't compatible with Telstra's Next G network. For those looking to dodge network data charges the Touch 3G features Wi-Fi and it also sports a built-in GPS receiver with Google Maps pre-installed.

Running on Windows Mobile 6.1, the Touch 3G offers a range of business applications, with support for MS Exchange, push email, mobile versions of MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint, a PDF reader, plus a few convenient touches like threaded SMS messaging.

Out of the box the Touch 3G shares 256MB of memory between applications and free space for us to store music, photos and documents. It supports MicroSD expandable memory with a reader slot located under the battery cover.

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